Apr 27

Chocolate Chunk Nutella Cheesecake

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Today is the posting day for this month’s Daring Bakers challenge. Of course being the airhead sleep-deprived mother-of-two that I am, I totally blanked on making this month’s challenge until I realized on Saturday that the end of the month was right around the corner. The April 2009 challenge is hosted by Jenny from Jenny Bakes. She has chosen Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake as the challenge. The recipe is a basic cheesecake recipe and Jenny directed us to make any flavor changes or additions that we could dream up, including changing the crust if we wanted to! I made the crust and then went to make the filling and realized I had forgotten to buy cream! Doh! So I took the Fujilings to the grocery store and was finally back in business. I think I’m more daringly dorky this month . . . .
I made a bunch of mini cheesecakes in little glass custard cups and changed the crust by making a chocolate almond crust.
I flavored the batter by adding Nutella and chocolate chunks. I topped the cheesecakes with a Nutella glaze and a few slivered almonds. The crust turned out perfectly–chocolatey, but not too sweet–a nice contrast to the sweet cream cheese filling. The Nutella gave the filling just a hint of chocolate and hazelnuts which was further enhanced by the Nutella glaze. The chocolate chunks made fabulous pockets of gooey chocolate throughout the cheesecake.
Mr. Fuji is out of town for the next few days on business–BAD NEWS. Who is going to come over here and help me eat these cheesecakes so that I don’t eat them all by myself?

Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake

FM’s Chocolate Almond Crust
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup almonds, ground
6 Tbsp. (3/4 stick) butter, softened
1/3 cup cocoa

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In small mixer bowl, beat together ingredients until soft dough forms. Press into pan. Bake 12 to 14 minutes until puffed. Cool completely.

Abbey’s Infamous Cheesecake Filling (adapted by Fuji Mama)
3 sticks of cream cheese, 8 oz. each (total of 24 oz.), room temperature
1 cup/210 g sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup/8 oz. heavy cream
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (or the innards of a vanilla bean)
1/2 cup Nutella
12 oz. (about 2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chunks

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Begin to boil a large pot of water for the water bath.

2. Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand-mixer (or in a large bowl if using a hand-mixer) and cream together until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg.

3. Add heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice, and Nutella and blend until smooth and creamy. Stir in the chocolate chunks.

4. Pour batter into prepared crust and tap the pan on the counter a few times to bring all air bubbles to the surface. Place pan into a larger pan and pour boiling water into the larger pan until halfway up the side of the cheesecake pan. If cheesecake pan is not airtight, cover bottom securely with foil before adding water.

5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, until it is almost done–this can be hard to judge, but you’re looking for the cake to hold together, but still have a lot of jiggle to it in the center. You don’t want it to be completely firm at this stage. Close the oven door, turn the heat off, and let rest in the cooling oven for one hour. This lets the cake finish cooking and cool down gently enough so that it won’t crack on the top. After one hour, remove cheesecake from oven and lift carefully out of water bath. Let it finish cooling on the counter, and then cover and put it in the fridge to chill. Once fully chilled, it is ready to serve.

6. To make the Nutella glaze I just mixed some Nutella with cream until I got a consistency that I was happy with and spread it over the top of my cheesecakes before putting them into the refrigerator.

* This coming Sunday will be the start of an ENTIRE WEEK of cupcakes (aka, Cupcake Week)! I have teamed up with LollyChops to bring you an entire week of cupcake recipes and cupcake crafts! You’d better be excited, because I’ve been on a sugar high preparing for it and will probably have gained 20 pounds by the time it’s over. The things I do for you!

* Don’t forget! You have until tomorrow, Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 10:00 PM PST to enter the Furochic giveaway! (Go here for instructions on how to enter).

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

inkOBSESSIONdesigns April 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm

That all looks SO good! :)


Semsavblanc April 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I think I could eat one of those right now and I don’t even like cheesecake!


Screamin' Mama April 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm

That looks absolutely divine! Nutella just makes everything special.


Tartelette April 27, 2009 at 7:07 pm

You’re going to have a lot of takers for all of these! I have no fear!
Nutella is always always a great idea!


magikjaz April 27, 2009 at 7:20 pm

you are an ebil ebil woman!!! if i lived closer i’d already be knocking on your door ;)


Ann April 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Oh My! soooooooooooo mouth watering and love the decor on top.. just cute!


Melanie Gray Augustin April 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

I’ll come!! I’ll help you eat them! They look so good!


Megan April 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Looks excellent! I made a Nutella version but ran out of Nutella. I would of loved to “frost” my mini cheesecake with it.But it was half gone by the time I made the cheesecake. KIDS! Love your minis! :)


Fuji Mama April 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Melanie– You know you ALWAYS have an open invitation! :-)


Bob April 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Wow. Just wow.


Christina April 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm

First, great looking cheesecakes! Second, I can’t wait for your cupcake week!


Fuji Nana April 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Hmm… Perhaps I will have to “call in sick” tomorrow and recuperate at your house.


Danica's Daily April 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm

OMG I think I actually just drooled on my computer reading your post. Those look amazing – do they ship well?! :D lol


K and S April 28, 2009 at 12:18 am

ooh chocolatey goodness!


PinkLizzy April 28, 2009 at 3:52 am

Oh it looks positively evil and delicious.


Leigh April 28, 2009 at 5:56 am

um… YUM!!! cheesecake + chocolate + Nutella??!? My favorite things in the world all rolled up into one…


tonic April 28, 2009 at 6:16 am

If I send you my address, will you send me one? Those look absolutely fantastic, and I love all things nutella..and all things almond, so that is right up my alley!!


lisaiscooking April 28, 2009 at 7:48 am

These are so pretty, and the nutella sounds great!


Melissa @ For the Love of Health April 28, 2009 at 8:01 am

That looks divine! You always have such wonderful recipes! And your pictures are so great!


mary April 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

Chocolate and nutella sounds delicious, an I love the almond garnish on top. Great job!


Fearless Kitchen April 28, 2009 at 9:51 am

I have to admit that I can’t stand cheesecake… but this recipe makes me want to try it again! It looks so incredibly delicious I can try to make myself forget the “cheesecake” part :)


Jackie April 28, 2009 at 10:49 am

You must have been sending me nutella vibes yesterday because I stopped to consider buying some at the store but thought, “Naw, I don’t need this.” BIG MISTAKE! I will have to try this when I gain my sweet tooth back :)


LollyChops April 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Just looking at this makes my teeth hurt!


Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com April 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm

These look fantastic. Nutella and cheesecake combined sounds amazing!


Cristine April 28, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Um… can I come over and have one (or two)? :) Your cheesecake looks divine!!! I made a Nutella swirl, but I think next time I will do yours! FANTASTIC!!!!


Hannah April 28, 2009 at 11:01 pm

What elegant individual servings! They look so delicious, too. :)


.*: Minty Fresh :*. April 29, 2009 at 12:08 am

Oh. No.

I'm pretty sure HALF of that is over my daily calorie allowance haha! Maybe just as a one time treat….. *kids self* ;]

Ahhh it looks absolutely divine <3


Wendymoon April 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Just found your blog. And now I am drooling all over my laptop. Yum!


peasepudding April 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Great idea and lovely presentation in the glass cups! Chocolate nut heaven, my kind of dessert.


Snakebit April 29, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I’m willing to sacrifice my body to taste-test some more cupcakes so that you can keep your slim figure. Think hard about my offer.


Tangled Noodle April 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm

This is so decadent – I want it bad!


Jenny June 5, 2009 at 9:48 am

These look so decadent! I love the little melty chocolate chunks. Sorry I am late in getting to your post. I'm determined to visit each of the 1k+ Daring Bakers who did this challenge. Thanks for being a part of it!

Jenny of JennyBakes


Simply Life August 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

That looks like dessert heaven!


Coco200066 June 8, 2011 at 8:44 am

Great job….thanks for posting.


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